The controversy is coalescing around various issues, including an invitation to the British royal family to take part in the events, writes Michael Brennan.
Suspected child abusers will have the right to learn the identity of the professionals who are now legally obliged to report them.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is keeping a keen eye on his own constituency while flying around the world as foreign affairs minister.
The government insists that the Commission of Inquiry into the Garda recording controversy will be able to inquire into potential garda collusion with the IRA in Dundalk station.
Around 8,000 children from other countries had their child benefit payments cut off last year â€“ mostly because they were no longer living in the country
Traveller feuding has emerged as a key reason behind the fact that more than 350 Traveller accommodation sites are lying idle around the country.
It has been described as the most expensive and the most scenic Traveller accommodation in the country.
Teachers, gardai and nurses will be legally obliged to report any suspicions that a child is being abused to the new child protection agency.
Personal insolvency experts who spent thousands of euro to become authorised to negotiate debt deals are warning that they may hand back their licences, due to a lack of cases.
Fine Gael is set to claim back up to Euro 1 million of the cost of refurbishing its headquarters from the taxpayer.
Gardai are facing cuts in allowances and overtime due to a Euro 29 million savings target in the Haddington road review.